National Center for Health Research - The Voice for Prevention, Treatment, and Policy

The National Center for Health Research conducts, analyzes, and explains the latest research and works with patients, consumers, and opinion leaders to use that information to improve their own health and to develop better programs, policies, and services.

  • We conduct research that has the potential to improve health care.
  • We translate research findings into free information and training that can be used to improve health and safety to individuals and communities nationwide.
  • We work with the media to help get the word out to those who will most benefit from it.
  • We educate policy makers, policy analysts, and opinion leaders through briefings, hearings, meetings, and written materials based on the information.
  • We share our publications and information with other organizations, researchers, and advocates.
  • We coordinate and strategize with them, working together to inform the public and be part of the public debate on policy issues.
  • We use that information effectively to improve the health of adults and children.

Upcoming Events

Free Health Research Training Workshop: March 14-15, 2019

If you are a medical writer or journalist who wants to improve your understanding of new research comparing the effectiveness of various treatments and prevention strategies, and to network with other journalists, as well as researchers from major medical schools, you will want to know about our free Health Research Training Workshop!  Learn more here, and apply by February 17!

Foremothers and Health Policy Heroes Awards Luncheon:  May 17, 2019

Join us at the historic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC on Friday, May 17 as we honor two Foremothers who broke down barriers for other women, and two Health Policy Heroes who have succeeded in helping families separated at the border as well as improving those heart-breaking policies.  Help us celebrate Deborah Tannen as a Foremother and other inspiring honorees to be announced soon!  For more info see here.

News You Can Use

NCHR Report:  Is TMS Proven Effective for Depression

 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) devices have stimulated the brains of tens of thousands of patients in the United States, often as a treatment for depression that hasn’t responded to other treatment.  TMS treatment typically costs $300 per session, usually 5 days/week for four to six weeks.  And yet, there is no clear evidence that this very expensive treatment works or is more beneficial than the much less expensive and more convenient antidepressant medications.  This report examines how TMS became a frequently used treatment for depression in the United States despite what the research of the last decade shows about its very questionable effectiveness.  If you or someone you know is considering TMS, this report may save you thousands of dollars and a very discouraging experience.

 

NCHR Report:  Breast Implant Illnesses: What’s the Evidence?

 

Debate swirls over the risks of breast implants, and physicians and patients are justifiably confused by the conflicting information available.  As concerns about breast implant safety die down, new controversies arise.  FDA discussions of complications focus on breast pain or hardness (called capsular contracture), implant rupture, and cosmetic problems in the breast area.  And yet, more than 50,000 women with breast implants have reported that they have serious symptoms that they refer to as “breast implant illness.”  Our new report finds clear evidence that implants increase the chances of women developing those symptoms and removing implants can improve women’s health.  If you or someone you know has or are considering breast implants after mastectomy or for cosmetic reasons, you’ll want to read this report!